During World War 2, when Great Britain stood alone in Western Europe against Nazi Germany , invasion was a real possibility. Coastal defences were built at possible beachheads, such as these anti-tank blocks near Alnmouth, Northumberland, which, some 70 years later resist in vain the encroaching waves atop an ever rising North Sea.
Thursday, 31 March 2011
Wednesday, 30 March 2011
Tuesday, 29 March 2011
Monday, 28 March 2011
One of the Shields' Ferries on a slipway for maintenance at South Shields. Across the waters of the River Tyne can be seen a fishing boat tied up at North Shields Fish Quay and above that is the tall white building called the High Light, once a navigational aid to ships entering the Tyne, but now a private residence.
Saturday, 26 March 2011
Wednesday, 23 March 2011
The Turks Head pub in Tynemouth was built in 1850 and has a listed front facade of white tiling. Inside the pub, in a glass case, is a stuffed dog called Wandering Willie who is reputed to have been a regular at the pub,on his death in in 1880 the owners of the pub had him stuffed and displayed, where he remains to this day. The pub is on Front Street which is currently undergoing major road works as can be seen here.
Tuesday, 22 March 2011
Wm. Wight was founded after the Second World War by William Wight who provided the local fishing fleet with stores and provisions. It's main business today is with the general public.
"When I first started you came down at six o'clock in the morning and opened the doors and you had a flood of ships cooks coming in putting in their stores orders for the next day or that night depending on the state of the tides- when these boats went out fishing they had to catch the tides to catch the fish. So the boat came in at seven o'clock in the morning and you had to be out at, say, the fishing grounds for seven o'clock at night, well the steaming time between sometimes they were screaming for the stores because if they got out there and missed the tide and missed the fish they could miss out on a couple hundred boxes of fish which in those days were a lot of money." Martin Wright , the son of the founder.
Monday, 21 March 2011
Flowers at a grave at Old Bewick Church, Northumberland. To see the interior of the church click here .The oldest parts of the church date from the 12th-century, but it has been restored several times.
Sunday, 20 March 2011
Saturday, 19 March 2011
Friday, 18 March 2011
Thursday, 17 March 2011
The Side Gallery is part of a film & photography collective called Amber.
The Side Gallery is another of Newcastle's cultural gems and is tucked away down an alleyway off The Side on Newcastle's quayside. It hosts superb photgraphic exhibitions and is currently showing the tragically poignant Lodz Ghetto Album by Henryk Ross.
Wednesday, 16 March 2011
The 40th anniversary of film Get Carter , starring Michael Caine, was celebrated on Tyneside over the weekend and in particular at the Tyneside Cinema , one of Newcastle's cultural gems. The film was made on location in and around Newcastle upon Tyne in 1971. The opening sequence of the movie, which features the iconic music score by Roy Budd, can be seen here: Get Carter . The Tyneside Cinema hosted a special screening featuring a Q&A session between the film's director Mike Hodges and local writer Mike Chaplin.
Tuesday, 15 March 2011
Monday, 14 March 2011
Would be travellers to European North Sea ports such as Hamburg and Rotterdam could once have sailed direct from Newcastle upon Tyne as this preserved painted advertisement on Newcastle's quayside testifies. The timetable shows is from July 1929. Now the only ferry to Europe from the Tyne is the daily one to Amsterdam from North Shields
Saturday, 12 March 2011
Wednesday, 9 March 2011
The Farne Islands are one of Northumberland's treasures and are home to over 100,000 pairs of nesting seabirds during the Spring and Summer. St. Cuthbert died on the Farnes on 20 March 687 AD. The Island shown is called the Inner Farne; the picture was taken yesterday during a coastal walk from Seahouses to Bamburgh
Tuesday, 8 March 2011
Monday, 7 March 2011
These cars were parked on Grey Street, In Newcastle upon Tyne.Grey Street was voted as England's finest street in 2005 in a survey of BBC 4 radio listeners and was also considered to be one of the finest Georgian streets in England by renowned architectural expert and writer Sir Nikolaus Pevsner, known in the business simply as Pevsner.
Sunday, 6 March 2011
Saturday, 5 March 2011
Lady's Well , in the remote hamlet of Holystone, Northumberland is of great antiquity, possibly dating back to Roman Times. ( click on link for further detail).
A friend in Holystone has been collecting old postcards of the district and he thought it would be a good idea to try and use these in a future project in support of a local Hospice. The second photo shows our first practice attempt to show old and current views together, the post card used is from the early 1900s.
Friday, 4 March 2011
Thursday, 3 March 2011
Wednesday, 2 March 2011
Coal mining was once the lifeblood of the North-East's economy. Records of coal mining in the region date back to Roman times and by 1919, there were 223,000 coal miners working in the Northumberland and Durham coalfields. Today there are no mines operating and only a few open cast works remain. Under the North Sea some coal seams are exposed and coal dust is occasionally swept up on local beaches reminding us of a proud industrial heritage ( click here for detailed historical information)